One of the loveliest things about naming baby is that you can share your values or faith with them in just a few letters. If your belief system involves otherworldly messengers, it’s no surprise you’ve found yourself itching for an angelic baby name. But even if the motivation for choosing an angelic baby girl, boy, or gender-neutral name isn’t religiously based, these names are still rife with stories and powerful lessons to learn.
What religions have angels?
Angels come in a wide variety, but people around the world and throughout history have come to similar conclusions of otherwordly guardians and messengers. In traditionally Western religions, angels often exist within the belief system. For instance, the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—each has celestial messengers or angelic figures that were key proponents of what would become the belief system. These are perhaps the most well-known versions of angelic presences, but some Asian theologies have these beings, too.
What are the types of angels?
In Christianity, there are different types of angels in a specific hierarchy; these are referred to simply as highest, middle, and lowest ranks. The specific names for these ranks are Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones, respectively. Japanese Buddhism has divine messengers known as Hiten and Tennyo, terms which translate to “flying heaven” and “heavenly woman,” respectively. These figures are interpreted as similar to the Norse Valkyries and nymphs of dead religions. But in the wider interpretation of Buddhism, the Deva is a celestial being with god-like powers and long life.
Who are the most well-known angels?
Due to Christianity’s firm grip on the world as the largest religion, the most well-known angels likely come from Christianity. The 2.4 billion people who practice this faith, in addition to those who simply know about Christianity, have helped proliferate the fame of the archangels Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael. There are officially seven holy angels of Christianity, though, and the others were named Uriel, Sariel, Raguel, and Remiel.